Monday, January 19, 2009

In the bleak midwinter - wrap up in something cozy!

I can't turn a blog corner lately without running into some kind of wardrobe overhaul post encouraging women to get rid of frumpery and dress nicely, with femininity and modest style. If you are at all like me sometimes I just can't find the sort of things I would like to wear. There may be this image in your head of what you want, but where to find it?

Well I've heard "if you want it done right, do it yourself," so I did!

Did what? Did what? You all ask, eyes shining with excitement (haha).

I made myself a super-soft and touchable, comfy and warm shoulder wrap. Oh sure, I've seen them all over the place now, but do you think I could find one at the time? Besides, I made it myself and I can have the pleasure of that accomplishment.

I used a homespun yarn and plain knit stitches (I should mention that I am quite an amateur knitter and until recently have been too chicken to try any stitch besides the plain knit.) on size 13 needles and knit it about 16 inches wide. Then I just knit away until I could comfortably wrap it around my shoulders and have plenty of excess to dangle around my arms or flip over my shoulder in dramatic fashion, or what have you.

It is amazingly warm! I was recently fogged in for three straight days and it kept me cozy as I wandered around the yard, camera in hand (proof at top).

So next time you find yourself in a wardrobe quandary, bemoaning the fact that no store has any taste whatsoever or they would have exactly what you need, try making it yourself. And if you aren't yet brave enough for that you can always try etsy.

In The Bleak Midwinter became my new favorite song this Christmas as I was listening to the Sirius Christmas Pops station. I can't believe I'd never heard it before! If you haven't heard it either, you really should.


Megan said...

WHAT? You hadn't heard "In the Bleak Midwinter" before?!

But that's Father Tim's favorite song!

And Jon's! And one of mine!

Glad you like it :-).

White Iris Designs said...

Thanks for stopping by today...& leaving me your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the arrangement!

I love the scarf you have pictured. My MIL knits & she has made me a few scarves...I love them with coats, sweaters...etc.
I was just looking online the other day for beginner instructions...but Aaaahhhh....I think it might be easier to have her show me...or better yet...just have her continue to make them for me!
Come back anytime! :)

Molly said...

A Father Tim favorite? I guess it's been too long since I've read the Mitford series. Maybe I should add them to my booklist for this year.

A personal scarf maker - must be nice! ;)
I couldn't really learn to knit until I was supremely motivated (I wanted to make one for someone else). So unless you feel the burning desire I'd just let her make them, haha.